Today we’d like to introduce you to Michelle Glover.
Michelle, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I have a confession to make; I NEVER wanted to be an entrepreneur… EVER! I enjoyed the stability and comforts of Corporate America. But one day, I did something not defined as a textbook approach to career planning. As I was determining my next career move in Corporate America, I decided not to follow path laid out in my development plan. Instead I decided to go to God in prayer. I prayed that He would help me discover my purpose. And in the space of surrender, I was led to quit my job and build a company, Journey Unlimited.
Prior to starting my business, Journey Unlimited, I spent 12 years working for a top Fortune 100 global company in Human Resources. After graduating with my Masters in Humans Resources from the University of South Carolina, I began my career as a participant in an HR leadership development program and quickly accelerated through the HR organization. I received multiple awards for my leadership on company-wide initiatives and I was identified as a global top talent leader in the organization. One could say I was climbing the proverbial corporate ladder.
Then, came my dream meeting! I had an interview with the global Vice President of Human Resources to discuss my next career move! We discussed an international short-term assignment (in hindsight, I don’t think the role was what I wanted but it sounded like something I should want). After additional conversations about the role, it was determined that the funding was not approved for the assignment. At that moment, I thought, “ok, what’s my next step?” Then I did something I had never done when planning my career moves – I decided to pray and ask God what He wanted for my career. I started praying, fasting, and surrendering to the purpose that He had for my life. In that discovery, period is when I received the answer- “It’s time to quit.” (it took me three months to go on this journey of discovering my purpose. If anyone tells you that they can help you discover your purpose in a day – RUN!! Okay, back to the story). I continued praying because I thought, “Who quits a job without a job? This is crazy!” It took me three months to actually get the courage to act on what I felt in my spirit. But once I surrendered what should be in terms of climbing the corporate ladder and embraced what could be in surrendering to a higher calling for my life is when I was able to realize what is. And in October 2015, Journey Unlimited was formed.
I have witnessed the power of surrendering to my purpose in my career. Now, I coach professionals to yield to their purpose in their career direction and progression. I take a complete life approach to coaching and we discuss the purpose, passion, family, prosperity (yes, you can live in your purpose AND be prosperous), values, as well as prayer in the career planning process. The biggest misconception about purpose is that you have to start a business or non-profit in order to live out your purpose. That is WRONG! You can live out your purpose even working in Corporate America. The key is working on your unique strengths & talents, doing a job that ignites your passion, and working in an environment that aligns with your values. I believe when you live your values, use your strengths, live who you are by design, life and work are more fulfilling.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The biggest struggle I had was getting clear, comfortable, and confident in what I was called to do.
I quit my job… ummmm now what? I was taking this message of “purpose-driven career planning” to the masses. As an HR professional, I knew there were topics you did not bring into the workplace: one is politics and the other is faith. The foundation of my career coaching business is talking about incorporating God and a higher purpose into the career plan. To be honest, I was nervous. As I started creating my business plan, I met with various mentors and entrepreneurs to get feedback on my business. The more I talked with various business experts, the more the message of removing the spiritual aspect of my business was recommended. And as a new entrepreneur, I felt I should follow the advice of these experienced business professionals.
Two years went by and I was barely surviving. Something was off. Something was missing. The growth wasn’t there. One night I was at the end of my rope. I prayed, “Lord, why isn’t this business growing? I know You didn’t call me out of my corporate job to fail.” And in the stillness of the night, I heard in my spirit, “You are not growing because you took me out of it. Put Me back into your business. Do what I told you to do.” And at that moment, I committed in my heart to follow the path that God has for me- helping others intentionally live a purpose-driven career.
I share this story to encourage others – Be committed to why you started. Be committed to your vision. Your vision will anchor you when times get tough and when people doubt you. The path to realizing your vision may change so be flexible in the journey and the learnings along the way. However, while you are flexible in the path to get there, always stay committed to the final destination.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
Journey Unlimited is a coaching company dedicated to helping individuals and organizations realize their full potential. In my coaching business, I help clients discover their WHY (purpose) and create the actionable plan (WHAT and HOW) to realize it. I apply my principles of purpose-driven career strategies to individuals seeking career direction, leaders seeking to create high-performing teams, and organizations seeking to walk the talk in their company culture.
I leverage my years of corporate experience in leadership development, change/transition management, executive coaching, and training to design innovative strategies to help clients (individuals and companies) achieve their goals.
This year, I launched my group coaching program: My Journey Unlimited! My Journey Unlimited is a nine-month intensive virtual group coaching program designed for professionals looking to incorporate faith in the career conversation and who are ready to strategically take action to discover, define, and walk in their purpose. The program begins with 12-weeks of intensive weekly virtual group coaching sessions, followed by six months of monthly accountability check-ins, and ending with a retreat. There is a career assessment included in the program and clients implement an effective journal strategy to help them sort through their thoughts and silence the background noise. In addition, clients receive coaching support and a tailored plan that outlines a strategy for them to win. My proudest accomplishment has not been launching the My Journey Unlimited Program. Instead, my proudest moment has been witnessing the growth, success, and results of the clients who went through it.
My own faith is an important part of my story, and I acknowledge that the spiritual side of a person is critically relevant to how life is lived. My perspective is that God creates each person with unique talents and gifts that should be celebrated and leveraged- especially in the workplace.
What were you like growing up?
As a child, I was labeled as a bossy, independent, and determined. Once I put my mind to something I was determined to get it accomplished. As a teenager working part-time jobs, I always moved up to higher levels of management. I started as a part-time employee at a retail store and soon progressed to assistant manager. One summer, I worked as a camp counselor and by the next summer, I was promoted to the director. I also held student government positions all throughout high school. I didn’t know at the time it was leadership skills, I just thought I was bossy and got things done.
In addition to working part-time jobs and excelling in academics, I also was a cheerleader- throughout middle school, high school, and college. I would be on the sideline cheering the team on for a win or telling them they did a good job if they lost. At the time, I just thought to cheer was something I was doing for fun. Now, I’ve realized that encouraging people, cheering people on to do and be their best is a part of my unique design.
It’s not by accident that I am where I am based on where I’ve been. I believe that cheering and leadership are two of the many building blocks of who I am and how and why I have my business. I am motivated by the maximum growth and development of others. It is my desire is to see others performing at their best. I achieve my own feelings of worth when I am encouraging others to grow, succeed, and accomplish great things. But I do this with a head and heart approach. I encourage. And I also stretch. I praise. And I also give the tough feedback. I combine a friendly and direct approach to all that I do. I am uniquely designed to drive and impact others to accomplish tasks in a positive and results-oriented way.
- Website: www.journeyunlimited.com
- Phone: (678) 906-0696
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/myjourneyunlimited/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/myjourneyunlimited/
- Other: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michellejourneyunlimited/
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